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Shabbir H. kazmi

Banking through the history

Achieving new milestones at a faster pace By and large Pakistan has one of the most robust commercial banking systems of the world. It is mainly due to a very vigilant regulator, prudent players and excellent clients. One can point out a few bad incidents, regulatory lapses and failure in compliance but all these were there because the ruling junta tried to facilitate the favorite ones, else sponsors of none …

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Pakistan a natural energy corridor

  While geopolitics plays an important role in the prices of energy products, super powers are also keen in controlling the logistics. It is on record that Iran has been facing sanctions for more than three decades and the only purpose is not to allow its oil to reach international markets. However, lately, China, India, Japan and Korea have emerged as main buyers of Iranian oil. Taking Iranian oil to …

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Growing number of business schools

  Over the years there has been a mushroom growth of business schools in Pakistan. A number of universities have established Business Administration Departments. Since this growth has taken place in a rather short span of time, availability of faculty became very difficult. Business schools are now competing directly with trade and industry in hiring the faculty. Now business schools offer attractive salaries, particularly to the visiting faculty members. However, …

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Enhancing GDP size

  Two of the common complaints are: 1) Pakistan’s GDP size is too small and 2) GDP growth also does not compare well keeping in view population growth rate. Over the years experts have been working on different options but little has been done to document the economy. According to some experts the size of documented economy is just one-fourth of the actual. On one hand this does not allow …

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Mystery behind unexploited Thar coal

  It was in 1992 that the Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) discovered huge deposits of coal – the second largest in the world – in Tharparkar District, Sindh. Thar coal field is estimated to have reserves of 175 billion tons, 68 times higher than Pakistan’s total gas reserves. Thar coal has been declared lignite type, spreads nearly 10,600 square kilometers, with power generation potential of 100,000 MW consuming 536 …

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Blending banking with technology

  Over the last one decade banks have been working hard to enhance their outreach, by increasing number of branches but more importantly through deployment of technology. The convergence of telephony and information technology has helped in developing ‘technology highway’. Now an account holder can complete a banking transaction irrespective of time, his location and even his/her primary bank. Initially there was some resistance against use of ‘plastic money’ as …

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Skyscrapers: A way of life or need

  Rising steel prices pushes up cost of construction Karachi can be termed a city of its own kind. It has an estimated population of 20 million people living in all sorts of dwellings, from huts to condominiums. Despite hardly any support from the federal or provincial governments, housing units are being constructed but still remains an acute shortage of housing units, be it for the richest or the poorest. …

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Performance of Pakistan stock market

  The calendar year 2014 (CY14) has proved to be another good year for Pakistan equities with benchmark KSE-100 Index gaining over 27.3%. It was also evident that during the period under review activity at the bourse lost pace slightly as daily average traded volumes declined by 6.4% to 208 million as compared to 222 million for CY13. Despite this bullish trend only 4 IPOs made their way to the …

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Exploring solar energy option

  There can’t be two opinions regarding changing energy mix of Pakistan, presently heavily skewed towards fossil oil. However, it is yet to be decided which of the alternatives is cost efficient and economically viable. One of the much talked about option is solar power option. On the face value and keeping in view Pakistan’s climatic conditions the option looks attractive. The other benefits are: 1) installation in far flung …

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Empowering women financially

  Females are often termed weaker gender, mainly because of their body construction and also because of earning lower remuneration. This phenomenon is not unique in Pakistan but prevails throughout the world, even in the developed societies. If one studies Pakistani society few observations are most evident: 1) parents are reluctant in sending their daughters to educational institutions, 2) the general perception is that females should remained confined to their …

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